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Depression Prevalent Yet Care Lacking

womanA new CDC report finds that in any 2-week period, 5.4 percent of Americans 12 years of age and older experienced depression.

Rates were higher in 40-59 year olds, women, and non-Hispanic black persons than in other demographic groups.

Officials also discovered rates of depression were higher among poor persons than among those with higher incomes and that approximately 80 percent of persons with depression reported some level of functional impairment because of their depression.

Additionally, 27 percent reported serious difficulties in work and home life.

Sadly, only 29 percent of all persons with depression reported contacting a mental health professional in the past year, and among the subset with severe depression, only 39 percent reported contact.

The information was garnered from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

NHANES aims to asses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States, and to track changes over time.

The survey combines interviews and physical examinations and is administered annually.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Depression Prevalent Yet Care Lacking

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Depression Prevalent Yet Care Lacking. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from
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